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Sun, Storms, and Happiness

The sky continues to rumble with thunder and dance with lightning as one storm after another hurtles its way through our farm, saturating us with rain and turning our meadows into an unrecognizable maze of waterfalls, creeks, puddles, and ponds. It’s marvelous. We’re celebrating the glorious coolness with wine, pasta, and a Leverage marathon.

I’ve been working hard this week, catching up on writing projects that had to get set aside while I was sick. It’s such a wonderful thing to send off the last article tonight and get to sink down into my chair, wine glass in hand, sharing Belgian dark chocolate truffles with Bear.

I’ve also been wood-burning a lot, sending off a flurry of Christmas orders to England, Washington, D.C., and New South Wales. I’ve got a stack of audio books to keep me entertained as I work, and find it such a therapeutic activity to balance out hours at my computer keyboard.

Being self-employed and running the farm with Bear, there’s always something to do, but I’m renewing my efforts to make time for people no matter what. Yes, I need to meet deadlines and fulfill commitments, but that’s never an excuse to miss out on building relationships with people who make my heart happy.

I’m so excited to be done my work and have a few days to hang out with Bear and visit dear friends and get ready for Christmas.

Earlier this week we went hunting for our Christmas tree and even though we didn’t find one, we happily wandered through a nursery filled with gorgeousness. I’m completely smitten by artichoke flowers and am excited to grow my own.

And after seeing this stunning water lily, I’m more determined than ever to make a water feature in my secret garden. The secret garden is still in its infancy. We’re working on getting the ground prepared and collecting stones to outline the beds and make hidey-holes for the bright green frogs that live around here. I think it’s going to be something that we’ll potter at for many years, and I don’t mind one bit.

Now another storm is coming through and it’s definitely time for a cuppa before bed.

What are you looking forward to this weekend? xo

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Krista - Oh wow, Charlie. That sounds like a wonderful place. I really hope to build a pond and grow them in my garden. πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - Ohhh, I hope that isn’t the case, @OrgasmicChef:disqus Wishing us both rain again SOON. xo

Krista - Audio books are fantastic, @nancyplusatesix:disqus πŸ™‚ They make every chore fly by. πŸ™‚

Krista - Aww, thanks so much, @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus πŸ™‚ Your weekend sounds absolutely fantastic. πŸ™‚

Krista - I love it too, @liz_posmyk:disqus The light was just perfect. πŸ™‚

Krista - Ohhh, it all sounds so cozy and wonderful, Susan. πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - I look forward to sharing it with you, @GourmetGetaway:disqus πŸ™‚ xo

Hotly Spiced - In our former house we had a very large pond and we had water lilies. I found them fascinating as they would open and close every night and day. And they attracted a lot of dragonflies that are very pretty. I used to spend hours sitting on the edge of my pond watching the little things that were going on. I found it very therapeutic xx

Maureen - Beautiful storms this week. I shuddered when I heard that they are predicting no more rain after this week. Ugh.

I really like audio books and have quite a few that I listen to when I exercise or travel alone.

Nancy @ Plus Ate Six - I listen to audio books too when I run they are brilliant aren’t they? I’m looking forward to a nice bottle of wine this evening with dinner now we are finally off the wagon. It’s 3C here today can you send me some of that sunshine please?

Anna Johnston - I just love virtually visiting your farm. πŸ™‚ It is one of my happy places. πŸ™‚ This weekend I am looking forward to getting my bake on for all my Christmas gift cooking, I am catching up with a huge blogger mate, going to a baseball game and doing our family Christmas dinner. Fun times!

Liz Posmyk - That water lily is just superb!

thefisherlady - we have also had the storm of storms this week.. thunder and lightning in winter and enough rain and warmth to almost completely remove our white winter blanket… this week is more ginger bread cookie making, calendar making, and sending off love packets to kiddies…. I love the Christmas season and a wonderful excuse to be generous… I like it to continue all year round

Gourmet Getaways - Looking forward to your “secret garden”. Your farm gives me a nice and warm feeling each time. Thanks for sharing it with us, Krista!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

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